Or more correctly: the slow decline of the importance of domain names has begun. Cabel Sasser wrote an inspiring article about how in Japan they do not use URL’s on billboard ads, but instead they have pictures of search boxes with keywords. This is done beacause all the good domain names are already gone, but more importantly, as Snipperoo pointed out, people do not remember domain-names, instead they input the brand or product name into search boxes i.e. use search for navigation.
How many domain names do you remember?
When thinking about this I realized that domain names are becoming more like phone numbers, you need them to get to the right place, but nobody really remembers them anymore. The most important ones you have written down (bookmarked) and for the others you use the white pages (Google).
New York Times has an article on the differences of online behavior between teenage girls and boys. The article is based on an earlier PEW research report Teens and Social Media that found that girls are more creative than boys online. Girls blog more, are more active on social networking sites, post more photos and create more websites of their own. The only area where boys are more creative is shooting and posting videos.
The Compete blog is my new favorite blog. I’ve learned quite a lot on user behavior online after I discovered it a few days ago. Which big search engine is most efficient and why people fill in complete URLs into the search boxes instead of the address bar have made me think about the user differences between search engines. (The answers to both questions can be found in the enlightening comments.)
Also worth reading are what were the biggest sites in 2001 and how are they doing now and an anatomy of a web meme.